Nottingham Forest are keen to negotiate a permanent deal for Filip Krovinovic with Benfica, according to A Bola.

The attacking midfielder has been at the City Ground since January, scoring his first goal in the recent 1-1 draw with Brentford.

Krovinovic spent 18 months on loan with West Brom prior to joining Forest. He struggled, however, to break into the team during the first half of 2020/21.

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That saw the Baggies terminate his loan and the Reds duly obliged by signing him until the end of the season.

It would seem as though Chris Hughton has been impressed with the Croatian; if these reports are to hold any substance.

Krovinovic has played a dozen times for the Reds and has improved the balance of the Forest squad.

He has made the team look better in the final third and if he could add a few more goal contributions, he’d be a decent acquisition.

In the summer, he will have just one year left on his contract. That will represent an ideal time for Benfica to sell and Forest are considering whether to make a move.

Should Forest sign Krovinovic?

If the numbers can be right then why not?

Forest will need to cut their cloth accordingly next season and they shouldn’t pay over the odds for any player.

As lively as Krovinovic has looked he does have just one goal contribution from his 12 games and that would need to improve.

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The attack-minded player is likely to be on a decent salary in Portugal.

Krovinovic looks to be pretty happy and settled at Forest and that type of player is one that should be sought in the summer.

Forest should prioritise quality over quantity this pre-season and Krovinovic might represent a steady start to the window.

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